TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education issued the following statement in response to a request for ministry intervention at the Peel District School Board (PDSB):
“Schools must be safe, inclusive, and welcoming places for students, staff, and the entire community. Allegations related to equity in the Peel District School Board have raised concerns, specifically related to anti-Black racism and lack of adherence to governance, leadership, and human resources practices.
These concerns have been raised by families, students, the Peel District School Board Director of Education, the board of trustees, and members of the broader community.
Discrimination and prejudice against students is unacceptable. That is why I am confirming our government will be taking action.
Therefore, I intend to appoint reviewers to conduct an immediate review of the PDSB – and, upon completion, provide a final report to me with recommendations on how the board could ensure effective board governance that promotes equity, increases accountability and transparency, and safeguards the success and well-being of students – irrespective of heritage, faith, colour of skin, orientation, or socio-economic status.
Our government is committed to creating learning environments where all students feel welcomed, included, and respected.
Likewise, we expect our school leaders – trustees and senior administration – to provide effective, transparent, and accountable school board governance, to make sure that students of the board are well served and that they are learning in safe, welcoming and inclusive classrooms, and that board staff are working in an environment that respects and upholds principles of equity and human rights.”